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APIASF: 50+ Applications Reviewed

posted Apr 22, 2014, 8:51 AM by Ezra Lockhart   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 8:51 AM ]
Last month concluded the review process for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund general scholarship. Scholars will receive notification at the end of this month. I reviewed over 50 applications and welcome the chance to serve as a reader for future awards.

I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to read many of the stories shared by applicants. Some of the experiences I deeply identified with, while a certain few stood out as true testaments to the ability to persevere through terrible adversity. I read stories of refugees from worn-torn countries and those facing political oppression. Although I do not have any experience that remotely compares, the messages of triumph and survival were clear.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, a 2007 inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and inventor of the widely used Five Stages of Grief as a pattern of adjustment.